Deficit Spending


We thought we had survived,
through the sacrifices of earlier generations,
two world wars and profound human loss.
We thought we had conquered
the frontiers of medicine and biology.
We thought peace, health, and good living
were our birthright.

Now we find,
an inkling dawns,
that far from having
the luxury of being selfish,
we face the ultimate challenge,
must make the biggest adjustments,
must alter fundamentally existing ways
of seeing, thinking, feeling, and wanting,
so that not only our children,
not only our nation and civilization,
but our planet and children’s children
may survive and thrive
their destinies linked
their well-being entwined
now and for all human time.

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25 Responses to Deficit Spending

  1. Monica says:

    Dear Pen, It was such a relief to get good news – thinking of you and Bess.

  2. penpusherpen says:

    Many thanks for your wonderful support and comments for me through this time of worry about Bess, Monica, much appreciated by me and her Maj, 😀 Have a wonderful week-end, my friend and catch up soon… xPenx

  3. Monica says:

    Hi Jen, I’m googling Mr. Cameron to find out more about him and his policies. Tell me more.

  4. jennyozzy says:

    hi monica hope you have had a nice day our mr cameron here needs to read your poem he is making our kids lives a misery xxjen

  5. Monica says:

    Hi Jen, We so hope the world will be better for our children — all children. Thanks so much for your comment.

  6. jennyozzy says:

    the world is a dangerous place to be but we have to make the best of what we have greed is all around us and we try to shield our children as they grow hoping their world will be a better one xxjen

  7. Monica says:

    Hello Kenny, Heaven right here – isn’t that the truth. Cherishing the earth like a child sounds like just what we need. People are willing to sacrifice for themselves and their families – why shouldn’t earth be something we consider first, sacrifice for? Be well, child of the earth.

  8. kenny2dogs says:

    We agree, the problem is Man. With him, “everything” is never enough ! “Bigger-bigger-bigger,faster-faster-faster-higher-higher-higher.Reaching for the unreachable Star, the final, but never ending frontier, and Mother Earth suffers dreadfully because of mans high ideal’s and greed.
    It is time to stop time, take stock and plan a new future where Nature is at the very core of all mans bright ideas. To hell with war god’s…we have Heaven right here on Mother Earth. It is time to cherish her with the same care, love and attention as a mother would her child ! or all is lost !!!
    Kenny xx

  9. Monica says:

    Richard, I agree absolutely. It’s all about balance, and we are teetering.

  10. Artswebshow says:

    What a powerful statement.
    We have borrowed far to much and now it’s all being claimed back.
    We mess around with the equilibrium, the equilibrium must correct the balance or everything collapses.

  11. Monica says:

    Bluebee, this letter is absolutely stunning. Thank you for sending the link. The idea that we can consider the welfare of the group, the water, the planet as important as that of our own family – isn’t that the key? Now can we get there without a disaster?

  12. Monica says:

    Reverse gears – anti-progress = progress? Back to what we used to think of as primitive? How we will get there is beyond me.

  13. bluebee says:

    You have expressed that dawning of what we face very well here, Monica. Quite terrifying really – we humans don’t seem to learn our lessons from history, do we? What Androgoth says about hope reminds me of a letter posted on Lady Nyo’s blog – it’s from a friend in Sendai who describes the positives that are coming out of the terrible disaster in Japan. You may find it interesting (

  14. America is the Mr. Merdle (Little Dorrit- Dickens) of the world.
    For so long she has been “the nation of the age”.
    What now????

  15. Monica says:

    Dear Ian, Thank you for these comments, and let it be so.

  16. Technology has taken us beyond the realms to a world where we are now reaping what we have sown , we have used and abused this planet , we have experimented with science that has altered the natural role of human life. Now is the dawn of a new era , an era for all mankind to wake up and realize that cooperation and co existence will bring about universal peace , not the petty bickerings over religion , cultures and politics.
    A great blog dear friend.

  17. Androgoth says:

    You are welcome Monica…
    Do have a really nice weekend

    Androgoth XXx

  18. Monica says:

    Androgoth, you are so right that we need to be optimistic and positive and never give up. Thanks for your thoughts and wicked insights.

  19. Androgoth says:

    It seems that the world is about to implode,
    but you know there is still hope if everyone
    takes some resposibility for their actions…
    Governments are the worst culprits as they
    create more and more technologies that are
    not fixed to certain friendly Earth guidelines,
    if only peeps would draw in the reigns a bit,
    and start protecting our combined Earth…
    Only time will tell on what is to come next,
    but with sheer optimism and the will to be
    more positive about how we ALL act, then
    just perhaps there is a brighter future for
    the life on this Planet…

    Have a wicked day today Monica and thank
    you for sharing this wonderful piece of poetry
    with us all, it is certainly one that speaks volumes

    Androgoth XXx

  20. Monica says:

    Thank you, dear Laz. It is a mighty sweet planet, isn’t it? Your poetry reflects that all the time.

  21. lazfreedman says:

    Great Sweet Planet Poem, Monica!
    Thinking of the Children, and the Planet, again…
    All the Best,
    Peace to you,

  22. Monica says:

    Hi Sandy, Not so long ago we thought we could fix anything. But some things are too unraveled to mend. In the meantime, crows and snow on a cobalt bottle are here to sustain us.

  23. Monica says:

    Dear Pen, Thank you for this beautiful comment — ready to call in the loan… The lesson is a hard one to learn.

  24. sandy says:

    Beautifully written, Monica. I saw today on the noon news that the aquifer beneath Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas is not going to last another 50 years. There was talk of another dust bowl. In the 30’s, they couldn’t see it coming, we can.

  25. penpusherpen says:

    So true, Monica, one word after another hitting the truth home. We have so much work to do, in order to pull back from the brink of destruction we have brought on ourselves. Deficit spending, and who did we borrow from? Mother Nature herself, and sometimes I feel she’s ready to call in the loan, as she’s lost heart and faith in our ability to keep to the terms of the Moral Agreement. We’ve reneged far too often for her liking.
    Wonderful Poem my friend, and wonderful presentation. I’ve read it through three times. and now I’ll go and read it a fourth…xPenx

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